Dr. Oz and other quacks have been suggesting the use HCG for weight loss. This miracle drug, as these quacks say, can make you lose 30 pounds or more in a month! But does HCG injections and drops really work for weight loss?
What is HCG?
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation. HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men (From Drugs.com).
Note that HCG is the “pregnancy hormone”.
Why HCG for Weight Loss?
No idea. I have done some research and other than some doctors and chiropractors promoting its off label use for weight loss, there is no scientific studies showing it as being effective.
The FDA makes HCG branded supplements put on their label:
“HCG HAS NO KNOWN EFFECT ON FAT MOBILIZATION, APPETITE OR SENSE OF HUNGER, OR BODY FAT DISTRIBUTION. HCG HAS NOT BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE EFFECTIVE ADJUNCTIVE THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY. THERE IS NO SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT IT INCREASES WEIGHT LOSS BEYOND THAT RESULTING FROM CALORIC RESTRICTION, THAT IT CAUSES A MORE ATTRACTIVE OR “NORMAL” DISTRIBUTION OF FAT, OR THAT IT DECREASES THE HUNGER AND DISCOMFORT ASSOCIATED WITH CALORIE-RESTRICTED DIETS.”
So basically it is a hype product that people spend up to hundreds a month on.
But I Heard the Diet Works?
Oh yeah, the HCG diet works. The reason why it works is that it makes you eat between 500-1000 calories a day. The bottle or provider will tell you that it only works with a low calorie diet. You know what works with a low calorie diet? Fat loss.
You are Basically Starving Yourself with HCG!
HCG provides no benefit to a low calorie diet, and diets that include extremely low calories can cause a magnitude of health issues. Proper exercise and dieting will give you better results without the cost and the risk factors.
Stay clear of HCG drops and injections. This fertility hormone should only be used for fertility purposes. There are risks factors to HCG. The FDA and Mayo Clinic tells people to say clear of it. Why are people losing weight on HCG? They tell you to constrict your calories to 500. Anyone will lose weight, dangerously I might add, with such low calorie intake.
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